National Institutes of Health launches research program to gather 1M+ patients' health data

The National Institutes of Health launched its All of Us Research Program with the goal of collecting health information for 1 million-plus patients, according to the American Gastroenterological Association.

Here's what you should know:

1. NIH hopes the initiative will change how meaningful data is collected and utilized.

2. NIH has two major goals with this program:

  • To have 50 percent participation from racial and ethnic minority communities
  • To have 75 percent of all participants from underrepresented research groups

3. For gastroenterologists, the data will be used to understand the correlation between prevalent GI disorders in diverse populations.

4. The information from the study will be funneled into a database that'll be accessible to all, as long as privacy and security rules are followed.

NIH hopes, "researchers will use this data to achieve a wide range of medical breakthroughs."

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